measles

Though considered somewhat rare, Measles is a dangerous and extremely contagious disease that needs to be taken seriously. In early 2019 the disease returned to news headlines as there was a measles outbreak in the Pacific Northwest.

This week on Science on the Radio, Dr Marvin Druger will address the dangerous disease. You'll hear how the disease is the spread, the most common symptoms and the best way to prevent the measles. 


Karen DeWitt / WXXI News

The CDC reports that cases of measles nationwide has grown to over 700, and is the worst outbreak in decades. New York’s Rockland County has over 200 of those cases, and New York State legislators are calling for immediate passage of a bill to mandate vaccinations, unless a person has a medical exemption.


WAER News

A SUNY Upstate pediatrician specializing in infectious diseases says vaccinating children should not be optional in light of the measles outbreak in Brooklyn.  New York City has declared a health emergency after at least 280 people became ill, mostly in ultra-orthodox Jewish communities.  Dr. Jana Shaw at Golisano Children’s Hospital says not vaccinating is not worth the risk.